Synagro Technologies, a Baltimore-based waste management company, faces grass roots opposition to its application to spread industrial waste as fertilizer over farms in seven Virginia counties. As a result of the backlash, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has delayed signing off on Synagro's plans.
Harford County public works officials say the cost of providing waste disposal and recycling services is projected to increase 24 percent during the next 10 years, and they are considering potential changes in how the current system operates, possibly to include a major shift in the arms-length relationship that has existed for decades with commercial waste hauling companies.
In approving legislation Tuesday that seals the plan to ship the bulk of the county's trash to Baltimore County for disposal, the Harford County Council also voted to remove a potential loophole that could have revived a controversial proposed transfer station in Joppa.
Joppa area residents will not have to deal with the headache of having a waste transfer station practically in their backyards, thanks to an agreement between Baltimore and Harford counties to transport solid waste to a Baltimore County landfill.
The latest tactic to prevent Harford County government from building and operating a trash transfer station on Route 7 in Joppa, on the property that was once home to a miniature golf operation, is to persuade the county executive and his administration to not include the site in a forthcoming update of the county's solid waste management plan.
None of this means private hauling operations and disposal facilities won't be a part of the solution to Harford County's looming garbage disposal problem; indeed Guthrie's proposal is one that might end up being part of the solution.
When was the last time you saw an elected official make a decision based solely on what is best for his or her constituents? It isn't something one sees often, especially in today's political atmosphere where only party affiliation matters, not the issue at hand or how detrimental or beneficial the outcome may be to the public.
Constellation Energy Group and Exelon Corp. promised to build new power plants in Maryland and a new downtown Baltimore headquarters building, but critics of the merger insist the two companies must also double a rate credit for utility customers to $200.
Howard County residents will soon add banana peels, egg shells and even old pizza boxes, in addition to bottles and cans, to their recycling through a new county collection program starting in September.
The Baltimore region's "clean" economy — green energy, pollution-reduction services and the like — accounts for nearly 23,000 jobs but is not growing as strongly as clean industries nationwide, according to a new report.